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mentioned president obama and mitt romney hitting the spring state of ohio in duelling events. the president speaking ott bowling green university. governor romney in bedford heights, pushing his economic plan to business leaders there. the polls show the president is holding a lead in the state. cnbc's chief washington correspondent john harwood has the latest on that. >> the 18 electoral votes in ohio are critical. no republicans won the white house without them. mitt romney is in a hole in ohio now. new york times cbs poll out this morning showed him down by 10 percentage points in ohio. other polls show it closer. everybody agrees he's behind. look at the numbers. it tells you about his ohio trouble from this poll when you ask people who's better on the economy, that's mitt romney's signature issue. barack obama by 51 to 45%. when you ask who would favor the rich, 8% say president obama. 58% say mitt romney. that's not good for him. when asked does mitt romney or barack obama understand the problems of people like you, by 59% to 38% people say obama understands, romney does not. that exp
some analysts. apple shares are taking a hit. mitt romney fighting back against critics who say he didn't pay his fair share of taxes. we will ask grover norquist, president of americans for tax reform about that very issue in a big interview last night. and union problems are forcing american airlines to cancel over 300 flights over the weekend with more cancellations expected. we have an analyst coming up during this hour of markets now. and it is the top of the hour right now. stocks of course now and every 15 minutes with nicole petallides on the floor of the new york stock exchange. let's talk more and more about apple here. nicole: what's really interesting is what did they actually do? they sold over 5 million iphone 5s this weekend. right? and now they are running out and there are shortages and tim cook is saying being patient. we will get them out as fast as we can. the stock is lower right now. some of the analysts were thinking 8 million would be sold. despite the fact it was more than 5 million, that was a record for apple but didn't meet expectations. over in asia they had
dowell. where is the miscommunication, romney's strength as a businessman but he's not connecting with voters when it comes to the economy. connell: we will talk about that. then the secretary of state takes on the global elite. clinton says the rich around the world not just here should pay higher taxes. dagen: the co founder of one of america's greatest companies now wants to become a citizen in another country. connell: top of the hour, stocks now and every 15 minutes beginning with nicole pet petallides -- nicole petallides, let's talk about facebook. nicole: over the weekend with facebook on the cover of barron's, with the down arrow, right? $15, certainly just saying it was still too pricy at the current levels, the stock sold off. here it is now gaining about 1/2%. but still for this week alone, down 9%, just in these two trading days, so it shows you that's still under significant pressure. mark zuckerberg of course time it sold off and it was lower was saying buy, double down, you know, pick it up but someone like barry diller and some insiders say well mark zuckerberg is young, his
of economic policy, the president leads mitt romney 48-39. now, this is what happens in europe when living standard plunge, rioting overnight in spain and a general strike in greece, this is the people's response over there to austerity. we've got another all-star lineup for you, watch out everybody, "varney & company" is about to begin. woman 1: this isn't just another election. we're voting for... the future of our medicare and social security. man 1: i want facts. straight talk. tell me your plan... and what it means for me. woman 2: i'm tired of the negative ads and political spin. that won't help me decide. man 2: i earned my medicare and social security. and i deserve some answers. anncr: where do the candidates stand on issues that... affe seniors today and in the future? find out with the aarp voters' guide at earnedasay.org >> good morning, "varney & company" viewers, today is wednesday, december 26th. here is the big story of the day. a picture of decline and financial hardship. since president obama took office, household income is it down a whopping 8.2%, even if you measure
, a presidential candidate, a mitt romney surrogate and a "squawk box" guest. now he's the new head of the financial services round table. tim pawlenty will be joining us live at #:00 a.m. and the emmy awards, homeland winning for best raw made, modern family with best comedy. before we get to all of this, let's get you up to speed on all of the top stories. >> i was very happy about homeland last night. i know joe was i imagine, too, since we're both -- i think you're a homeland watcher, as well, right? >> no. i've seen the first couple of episodes. i don't -- no. >> jimmy kimmel did a nice job with it. let's get you caught up on the headlines. major supplier, foxconn, suspended production at a factory in china after a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory injured 40 people. the cause of the fight is under investigation. the taiwanese owned company declining to say whether this particular factory is involved in iphone production. apple and foxconn have been working together to improve labor conditions and raise wages there. foxconn makes components also for dell and he
romney, how much is that playing into what we'ree hearing about this and other issues? >> i don't think what the prime minister did yesterday had any, but i think people seem to discard the importance of personal relations. in a politics and international relations or even national affairs, not love affairs and not all about rumors. at the same time personal relations come and all you have to do to have this brought home to you is remember the very bad relations between president roosevelt in the second world war, a very great extent america's decision to enter the war, to help the united kingdom because of the disdain and distrust between those two leaders. i believe personal relationships to count and i hope whoever the next resident i is, relations between him and the prime minister of israel will be as they always were. warm, trustful, genuine and ones of great strategic alliance. connell: thank you very much for coming into the studio today. appreciate it. thanks. dagen: vast majority of americans believe everyone should pay some federal income tax, but is a fix for that a sure los
us know. >> mitt romney's tax rate was 14% and gave $4 million to charity to boot. did he pay his fair share? tax returns hurting the run for the presidency? the senior economic writer steven moore joins us this hour. >> time for stocks as we do every 15 minutes. nicole is standing by. nicole, stocks going to the downside here. >> that's right. last week, by the end of the week, felt like we went nowhere fast, but today is a clear picture. in the red all dang long. dow is one quarter of 1%. the nasdaq down three quarters of 1%. there is pressure here coming along with a stronger dollar. we had a weaker euroowe. the german business confidence numbers weaker again. that does not bode well. as far as the european picture, but at the same time, we have the business activity index in that rose. i know you'll delve into this, but we're talking about apple's iphone5 selling 5 million units this weekend. that blows it out of the park compared to the prior iphone4 release setting its own record by what we saw this weekend, but there were analysts expecting 8 million sales and 5 million is
. >>> and larry kudlow will give us his take on the president and romney's aappearances on "60 minutes" last night. that's coming up in the next hour. >>> first, though, apple selling millions of iphone 5s over the weekend. jon fortt is live in san jose with what the real number is. there's some disagreement about that this morning. >> reporter: there is. 5 million is the number of iphone 5s when one prominent apple analyst had been looking for 6 million to 10 million. that 5 million compares to 5 million a year to go to the 4s. this doesn't count preordered ich 5s that were shipped but that weren't signed for. if your phone arrived over the weekend but is waiting for you to pick it up, that doesn't count. it doesn't count the 2 m phones ordered the first day but that won't get delivered until today or later. it's too soon to gauge exactly what this means for demand. piper jaffray estimated last week that lines has been 30% longer than they were for the 4s. a couple of other tidbits, the check of about 20 stores over the weekend showed that they were short of iphones. so there might have been quit
end. and then -- but if romney wins it, you would see them all extended. is there one that would have a better outcome in your view? >> you know, i think there's a -- there's a tension between two different things here. on the one hand, there's a sense that in the very near term with a weak overall economic performance continuing that raising levels of taxes wherever in the distribution may have some negative effects on economic growth. and then there's a harder long-term question, frankly, which is how tax rates on capital gains, on dividends which feed through a somewhat complicated channel by encouraging various kinds of saving activity and ultimately lowering the cost of capital to businesses and encouraging investment, how that translates into long-term economic growth. that is frankly a difficult chain to try to measure in any precise way, and consequently it's harder to be able to trace through the quantitative impacts on growth to follow through on channels for that. >> to follow-up on that, which plan, do you think it's problematic for the economy at this point to have taxes
, on "closing bell." we'll have also romney's biggest donors ahead on "power lunch," so stay tuned. >> that is a cruel tease, robert. i cannot believe you're going to make us wait for "closing bell" until number one. >> what's great is you're going to be surprised who that is. you'll also have a lot of surprises on the republican list. when i did this reporting, i thought i knew who those donors were, but i didn't. so got to stay tuned for later. >> another great tease. robert, good to see you. >>> billionaire boss. the surprising results of new research into the success and failure rates for venture backed start-ups. stick around to see them. >>> also retailers trying to avoid going the way of dinosaur. which stores are most likely to end up on our "squawk on the street" engaged species list. that's straight ahead. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. monarch of marketing analysis. with the ability to improve roi through seo all by cob. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above,
facing a 20 billion euro shortfall. >>> and mitt romney and president obama disagree over israel ramping up the rhetoric. >> and foxconn shuts down a northern chinese factory after a brawl involving 2,000 workers. >>> germany's sentiment index falls, and the mood continuing to u.s. futures. closing in on the start of the trading day, dow jones implied to open lower by more than 35 points. nasdaq and s&p 500 also looking to shed their gains, as well. take a look now at the cnbc ftse global 300. down a third of a% in light of that data which hit just about an hour ago. european markets she the ftse 100 down 0.4%. xetra dax this one in focus this morning, that's down 0.6%. cac 40 down almost 1% this morning. this ahead of a key budget unveiling. ibex 35 not benefiting from the risk off attitude. down 1.6%. >> and i think the ifo number, we had a better pmi out of germany last week, so the expectations it would hold up and it didn't. but it is worth pointing out 50% of the responses were taken before the constitutional court ruling in germany. quite a lot of paper being issued by italy this
. >> and this is important with romney saying he's not being tough enough on iran. and the papers this morning have a peace symbol. very potent particularly on this day in the jewish calendar. >>> shares of caterpillar are down this morning due to concerns about the global economy. and specifically capital expenditure from commodity producers. what does cat's warning mean for global investors? let's go trade in the globe. tim seymour is joining us from asset management and founder of the mergemoney.com. what does it mean? >> well, if you look at what caterpillar said in 2012, it is different than 2011 when they said the world is a wash in demand. they were concerned about meeting capacity. yesterday they were really saying and pointing squarely at dealers in china and even in latin america where they think there's an inventory overhang they need to work through. the bottom line is they are saying the world is moderately better. that we're going to see somewhat tempered but real global growth. and i think to go out and sell miners here on the back of what caterpillar says is cautious. if you listen to what
. something for candidates romney and obama in today's data. you can imagine romney pounding on the weak growth and obama saying hey, 286,000 more jobs out there and there's also something for bulls and bears but not much anybody from a sober analysis this remains a weak growth economy. melissa? >> thank you very much, steve liesman. >>> and from the u.s. to spain, let's head across the atlantic for more on spain's budget as the country hopes to avoid a bailout. steve sedgwick joins us live with the very latest. steve. >> reporter: yeah, thanks very much, indeed. we just heard literally in the last 20 minutes or so that the press conference, the announcement about this austerity that we've been waiting for all day will now get the conference in around about an hour's time. so all should be revealed about what rajoy intends to do. in the next stage of austerity. because i think the next stage because there's already been at least four bouts of austerity from this government since it came in in december last year. the last was a 2012 budget which we got 64 billion euros worth of austerity
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